The Colbert Report's Unintended Educational Value

  • Aired:  06/04/14
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Researchers find that The Colbert Report is more informative than any other news show. (4:05)

>> Stephen: THANKS SO MUCH.

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY,THANKS SO MUCH.

FOLKS, IF YOU WATCH THISSHOW YOU KNOW THAT I DON'T

LIKE TO TOOT MY OWN HORN, ASA CATHOLIC I WAS TAUGHT THAT

SELF-TOOTING IS A SIN.

BUT TONIGHT I'M COMPELLED TOTAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE

SOMEONE ELSE'S RECOGNITIONOF ME.

JIM?

>> A NEW STUDY SAYS THIS ONEPERSON ON THIS ONE TV SHOW

IS ACTUALLY DOING A BETTERJOB EDUCATING YOU THAN OTHER

NEWS ORGANIZATIONS, WHO ISTHAT?

ANSWER, "THE COLBERTREPORT."

RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT THECOLBERT NATION NOT ONLY THOUGHT

THEY KNEW MORE ABOUT SOMETHINGAS WONKY AS CAMPAIGN-FINANCE

REFORM THAN OTHERS, THEYWERE ACTUALLY RIGHT.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT.

I DID A BETTER JOB INFORMINGTHE PUBLIC ABOUT

CAMPAIGN-FINANCE REFORM THANEVERY OTHER NEWS

ORGANIZATION AND CNN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)LONG TIME VIEWERS WILL

FONDLY RECALL THE SUPER PACI SET UP IN 2011, COLBERT

SUPER PAC, YOU KNOW OURMOTTO, MAKING A BETTER

TOMORROW-- TOMORROW.

>> .

>> Stephen: CLOSE.

AND OVER THE COURSE OF TWOYEARS WE REACHED OUR GOAL OF

ME COLLECTING OVER A MILLIONDOLLARS THAT I WAS FREE TO

SPEND IN TOTAL SECRECY.

I'VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING INMY THROAT, I'M SORRY.

(LAUGHTER)(APPLAUSE)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)NOW THE STUDY SAYS THE KEY

TO MY INFORMING YOU WASSETTING UP MY OWN SUPER PAC

BECAUSE YOU GET TO SEE THEPROCESS AS OPPOSED TO A NEWS

SOURCE WHERE THEY JUST WOULDTELL YOU THIS IS THE WAY IT IS

SO LET THAT BE A LESSON TOYOU FOX NEWS.

SHOW, DON'T TELL.

IF YOU WANT YOUR VIEWERS TOHAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING

OF YOUR EDITORIAL POSITIONSTHEY NEED TO SEE YOU SUCKING

TED CRUZ'S BALLS.

(LAUGHTER)NATION,-- VERY SALTY, SALTY.

A LITTLE-- I'M GUESSING ALITTLE MYSTIQUE.

NATION, THIS IS AN HISTORICMOMENT FOR THE REPORT.

I HAVE BEEN RANKED THE MOSTINFORMATIVE OF ALL AMERICAN

NEWS ORGANIZATIONS.

AND I'M INCREDIBLY SORRY.

(LAUGHTER)>> BECAUSE WHEN WE BEGAN

THIS SHOW I PROMISED TO FEELTHE NEWS AT YOU FROM MY GUT.

THAT IS WHY I YANKEVERYTHING I SAY DIRECTLY

OUT OF MY ASS BECAUSE IT'STHE SHORTEST DISTANCE

BETWEEN MY GUT AND YOU.

I NEVER INTENDED TO BE ANEDUCATOR.

WHAT'S NEXT, GETTING PAIDLIKE ONE?

OH.

OH.

DOMESTIC AUTOMOBILES.

I LET YOU DOWN, NATION.

CLEARLY I MUST WORK HARDERAT INFORMING YOU LESS.

AND TO DO THAT I HUMBLYBOW MYSELF BEFORE THE

MASTERS.

>> COMING UP NEXT ON NEW DAY,ARE YOU READY?

FOR A PRINCE SELFIE?

>> WHAT VIDEOS DID YOU FORWARDTO YOUR FRIENDS THIS YEAR?

>> THE BABY SQUIRREL IN ACAST. NEED WE SAY ANY MORE?

>> WE'RE GOING TO INTRODUCEYOU TO THE WORLD'S FIRST

BURRITO VENDING MACHINE.

>> COMING UP NEXT RIGHT HEREWHAT YOUR DOG COULD BE DOING

WHEN YOU'RE NOT HOME.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: WOW.

THE BAR OF LOWNESS HAS BEENSET VERY HIGH.

BUT I THINK I GOT IT.

WHEN WE RETURN I WILL SPENDSIX MINUTES READING

QUESTIONS OFF A CARD TO 22JUMP STREET STAR JONAH HILL.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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